Overview

Tim is a member of Thompson Hine's Executive Committee and the former practice group leader of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group. He focuses his practice on employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA, including:

  • Analysis of benefit issues and liabilities in corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Creation, maintenance and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans and master trusts
  • Development of non-qualified executive compensation arrangements
  • All facets of employee stock ownership plan implementation, financing and operation
  • Welfare plan administration and documentation, including:
    • ACA compliance
    • Flexible benefit plans
    • COBRA
  • Compliance with SEC rules affecting the operation of benefit plans
  • IRS and Department of Labor plan audits
  • ERISA litigation
  • Voluntary corrective actions under regulatory relief programs
  • Early retirement incentive programs
  • Multi-employer plans and withdrawal liability
  • Governmental reporting obligations
  • Compliance with ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules
  • PBGC reporting controversies
  • Fiduciary reviews compliance, including benefits/investment committee structures and process
Publications
  • "Firms Not Providing Proper Retirement Training," Cincinnati Business Courier, 1996
  • "Changes in Benefits Part of Trade Treaty," Cincinnati Business Courier, 1995
  • Contributing author, Pensions in Perspective, 3rd edition
  • Contributing author, Welfare Benefits Guide 1990-1991, Issue I
Presentations
  • "Executive Compensation, No Longer Business As Usual," Cincinnati Business Courier, Business Law Roundtable Series, January 2005
  • "Pension Crisis," WVXU, Simply Money, 2004
  • "Mutual Fund Investigations & Effect on 401(K) Plans," WVXU, Simply Money, 2003
  • "New Millennium Employment Strategies – Managing Changing Obligations and Expectations," Thompson Hine LLP, May 2002
  • "Post-Enron Retirement Legislation," WVXU, Simply Money, 2002
  • "Insurance Company Demutualization and Effect on Benefit Plans," Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, March 2002
  • EGTRRA seminar, Thompson Hine LLP, October 2001
  • "1994 Employment Law and Employee Benefit Issues: A Checklist Approach to Compliance," Thompson Hine Seminar, 1994
  • "Retirement Plan Update," Thompson Hine and Society National Bank Seminar, 1995
  • "401(k) Plans – The Next Generation," Thompson Hine, WVXU and Financial Group, Ltd. Seminar, 1995
  • "Pension Simplification & Health Care Legislation," Thompson Hine Seminar, 1996
  • "Employee Benefits Update," Cincinnati Chapter of OSCPA, 1998
  • “Current Retirement Plan Trends," WVXU, Simply Money, 1997
  • "Conflicts in Employee Benefits Work," 10th Annual Cincinnati Employee Benefits Conference, 1997
  • "Participant Education," WVXU, Simply Money, 1997 and 1998
  • "Pension Simplification," Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Tax Legislation Update Seminar, 1997
  • "Tax Issues in Separation Agreements & Post-Employment Health Insurance & Other Benefits," Ohio CLE Institute, 1997
  • "Employee Benefits Update '96 – Recent Developments and Future Trends," Cincinnati Chapter of OSCPA, 1996
  • "Basics of Client Development and Client Relations," Cincinnati Bar Association, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000
  • "Participant Education and Plan Investments," WVXU, Simply Money, 1995
  • "Overview of Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans," Cincinnati Chapter of OSCPA, 1994, 1995
  • "Introduction to Qualified Retirement Plans and Overview of ERISA," Cincinnati/Dayton Chapter of International CEBS Society, 1994, 1996
  • "What You Need to Know About Current Compliance Issues When Working With Qualified Plans and How to Design Alternate Plans to Maximize Your Client's Wealth," Cincinnati Chapter of IAFP, 1994
  • "Maximizing Owner Benefits Through Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement and Health Care Plans," Ohio CLE Institute, Summer Tax Institute, 1994
  • "Retirement Planning," PNC Bank "Money Matters" Seminar Series, 1993
  • "Qualification Requirements for Retirement Plans," Dayton Bar Association, 1993
  • "Retirement Plans for Professional Businesses," PNC Bank "For Your Financial Health" Seminar Series, 1993
Distinctions
  • Selected as an Acritas Star, a “client-nominated, stand-out lawyer”
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2003 to 2008; 2010 to 2014. Ranked in the Top 100, 2008
  • Listed in Legal 500, 2018 and 2019
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2019
  • Georgia Bankers' Association, Award in Estate Planning, 1987
  • Featured in The American Lawyer, Big Deals Section, March 2006
  • Ranked in Ohio for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, member, Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee and Subcommittee on Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, member, Employee Benefits Committee: chair, 1995 to 1997; member, Committee on Committees, 1996 to 1999; member, Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee, 1997 to 1998; member, BLAC-CBA Roundtable, 1990 to 1994
  • 9th Annual Cincinnati Employee Benefits Conference, co-chair, 1996

Community Activities

  • Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, member, Personnel Committee, 1988 to 2003; chairman, 1997 to 2000
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, volunteer; member, 1996 and 1997 Abracadabra Fundraiser Committee
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, member, 2002 to 2005 Sparkle Fundraiser Committee